was a phrase used by President Obama (then still a senator) in 2004 during a keynote speech at the Democratic convention in Boston.
It is an act of rebellion in a world that suppresses hope in so many ways. It is to dare to believe in a better future. You dare to find a higher purpose, higher values and higher expectations than perhaps society allows you to.
In a world where being yourself is an act of rebellion, trying to achieve more is revolution itself. Hope is a drive, a motivator and the optimist within you.
Hope is a chosen mindset, it is by extension born from positive thinking. It may even drive you away from realism; maybe it is what you do to escape some bitter realities.
Maybe you are only surviving by thinking about a better tomorrow. Maybe it stops you from living for today.
Of course, politics takes a good amount of future prediction. If one thing history has taught us is that acts of yesterday define our tomorrow. History doesn’t forget and pushes into the future. It leaks into today, into our beliefs and therefore our actions.
Is hope a trap for the individual, however? Is it synonymous to day dreaming? Is it a battle between realism and philosophy? The battle of the thinker vs the actor, the conundrum of thought vs execution?
Do we engage in hope for selfish reasons?
Do we engage in hope during a process of change or is it your standby mode?
Does it stop you from settling in the now?
Does it manage your anxiety?
Does it do good?